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  • Cooking with Karla: Special recipes & fellowship

    August 18 2017 by Emily Howsden, Oklahoma Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Cooking with Karla: Special recipes & fellowship

    Laughter and pleasant aromas fill Karla Boone’s kitchen as she gathers with some of her favorite friends to cook delicious meals together. Boone and her husband Steve have served in several special needs programs across Oklahoma, but she wanted to make a difference in someone’s life rather than just volunteering for a few hours.

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  • From transgender to transformed

    August 9 2017 by Brian Hobbs, The Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    From transgender to transformed

    Francine Perry and her daughter, Laura, recently sat down to look at family photos. As they reflected on the good times, they also could see how God was at work, especially through the difficult times. On the heels of rebellious teenage years, Laura lived as a transgender man for nearly a decade of her adult life. ...

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  • Oklahoma DR chainsaw units deploy after Tulsa tornadoes

    August 8 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma DR chainsaw units deploy after Tulsa tornadoes

    Driving to Tulsa, Okla., a day after three rare August tornadoes destroyed property and injured dozens there Aug. 6, Southern Baptist disaster relief leader Sam Porter was on the phone with a member of First Baptist Church of Jenks, Okla., a Tulsa suburb.

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  • Houseparents sow spiritual seeds at children’s home

    July 26 2017 by Hannah Hanzel, Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Houseparents sow spiritual seeds at children’s home

    “When we first came, the Holy Spirit just kept saying over and over again, ‘This is your home.’ It still feels like home to this day. This is where God wants us to be,” Lieschen Saale said while rocking back and forth in her living room.

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  • Oklahoma AG: Defense of university chapel a top priority

    July 21 2017 by Bonnie Pritchett, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Oklahoma AG: Defense of university chapel a top priority

    Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has stepped into a dispute over the display of Christian emblems on a public university campus, declaring the issue a top religious liberty priority. In a letter to East Central University’s (ECU) Board of Regents, Hunter said the fight could have repercussions beyond the ECU campus.

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  • CP connects pastor, church to ‘True Grit Americans’

    July 21 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    CP connects pastor, church to ‘True Grit Americans’

    Only Way Baptist Church has been rotating its “3 R’s 4 Him” outreach emphasis for the last 18 months. It’s a concept developed by Tim Morlan, pastor since 2010 of the rural, historically Native American church that is more than an hour’s drive outside the Oklahoma City area.

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  • ‘Bag ladies’ crochet & pray for the homeless

    July 20 2017 by Emily Howsden, Oklahoma Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    ‘Bag ladies’ crochet & pray for the homeless

    It started with a magazine article that Eileen Atkins read about church members making mats out of plastic bags and giving them to the homeless. Eileen Atkins holds a completed mat for the homeless made by the “bag ladies” of First Baptist Church in Bethany, Okla.

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  • Landscaping, maintenance show one man’s joy, servanthood

    July 19 2017 by Hannah Hanzel, Baptist Messenger | with 1 comments
    Landscaping, maintenance show one man’s joy, servanthood

    As a 16-year-old, Larry Goodman never found himself thinking of God, let alone attending church. But one certain Sunday was different. One of Goodman’s high school friends invited him to come to church with him. It was that Sunday that Goodman felt the Lord’s presence during the sermon.

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  • Refugee of communist China plants churches in Oklahoma

    July 17 2017 by Daniel Woodman, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Refugee of communist China plants churches in Oklahoma

    Outgoing National Asian American Fellowship President Ted Lam has a dream of unprecedented Asian church planting in the U.S., and he has a plan to accomplish it. His personal testimony of escape from communist China is a tool to help him carry out that plan.

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  • 100 years of Falls Creek sparks summer-long celebration

    July 3 2017 by Chris Doyle, Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    100 years of Falls Creek sparks summer-long celebration

    The 100th summer is underway for the youth weeks at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Centers. Since the camp was founded in 1917, more than 2 million people have walked the 305-acre grounds in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains in southern Oklahoma.

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  • 7-year-old turns lemonade into ministry for foster kids

    May 26 2017 by Lauren Capraro, Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    7-year-old turns lemonade into ministry for foster kids

    Those who know her would probably describe A’Layah Robinson as no ordinary 7-year-old, but a giver. Growing up in foster care, she and her brothers know the struggles of going from one house to the next. One Saturday afternoon, Robinson saw a group of teenagers at a lemonade stand, and something sparked in her heart. ...

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  • Ties bind local church to community school

    March 29 2017 by Stephanie Boone, BGCO | with 0 comments
    Ties bind local church to community school

    Crutcho School, located at the corner of Sooner Road and N.E. 23rd Street for more than 100 years, is a single-site, pre K-8th grade school in a low-income district. All of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunches, and the district is primarily Section 8 housing.

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  • ‘Breakfast Club’ delivering blessings every Sunday

    March 15 2017 by Linda Morgan, The Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    ‘Breakfast Club’ delivering blessings every Sunday

    The griddle begins to sizzle, coffee is brewing and gravy is being stirred. Several members of Red Oak First Baptist Church’s Breakfast Club gather in the church’s kitchen every Sunday morning to prepare breakfast for homebound citizens. The “early morning crew” works to prepare sausage, eggs, pancakes, biscuits and gravy for senior citizens in Red Oak, Okla.

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  • Awaken Ada: ‘Overwhelming’ events draw 200 decisions

    March 15 2017 by Brian Hobbs, The Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    Awaken Ada: ‘Overwhelming’ events draw 200 decisions

    If God were to begin a spiritual awakening in the “Bible Belt,” He might just choose a place like Ada to do it. That is what Brad Graves, pastor of Ada First Baptist Church, believed. Through a multi-day event called “Awaken Ada,” the church saw approximately 200 spiritual decisions and has recorded more than 65 baptisms.

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  • ‘Devastating’ wildfires spur DR teams to action

    March 9 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Devastating’ wildfires spur DR teams to action

    Wildfires from Colorado to Florida have burned more than 1 million acres, killed at least seven people and led to Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) activity in four states. Baptist state conventions in Oklahoma and Kansas-Nebraska are engaged in active DR ministry while volunteers in Texas and Colorado are preparing to deploy if necessary.

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